Plasma therapy trial on seven COVID-19 patients proved very effective, says TN Health Minister

In Tamil Nadu, the ‘convalescent plasma therapy’ trial in seven patients in Chennai has proved very effective, according to the state health minister Dr Vijayabhaskar.

The therapy involves using the blood plasma drawn from discharged COVID-19 patients.

He also told reporters in Chennai on Thursday, the ‘solidarity trial’ for Covid-19 treatment with the broad-spectrum anti-viral medicine remdesivir has also given promising results.

Meanwhile, the tally of Covid-19 patients in Tamil Nadu has crossed 19 thousand and the number of patients in the state capital Chennai is close to the 13-thousand mark.

The number of deaths due to Covid-19 has gone up to 145 in the state with 12 people succumbing to the disease on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the southern railway continues to operate a series of Shramik special trains for migrant workers.

The Southern Railways has transported more than 3 lakh, guest workers, in 240 Shramik Special trains in just 27 days since May 1st.

They include 165 Special trains that originated from Tamil Nadu, 57 from Kerala, 17 from parts of Karnataka falling within the Southern Railway and one from Puducherry.

Station-wise, Chennai Central, Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu and Mangalore in Karnataka share the maximum Shramik Special Trains from the Southern Railway to originate the travel.

The train destinations mostly included Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

The authorities from the state Governments concerned brought the passengers from different locations to the originating stations.

The guidelines issued by Union Ministries of Home and Health and Family Welfare were duly enforced at railway stations.


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